This Is England: British Film and the People's War, 1939-1945

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All in It Together
The Films: One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942),
The Foreman Went to France (1942),
San Demetrio, London (1943), The Way Ahead (1944),
Journey Together (1945)

ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS MISSING

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THE STORY OF ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS MISSING IS REMARKABLY SPARE. A typed communique tells of six Dutch persons shot by "the Herrenvolk" for aiding in the escape of British Aircrew. At an operational base in England, one plane is noted as overdue from a raid. An empty bomber flies over the English coast and finally crashes into a high tension pylon. Fifteen hours earlier, flight crew gather in the mess. (Introduced in the credit sequence, they are John Glyn Haggard, Tom Earnshaw, Frank Shelley, Bob Ashley, Geoff Hickman, and George Corbett.) The officers at one table are joined by Corbett, a much older man, who tells them he is going with them on their next operation, his last. The bombers take off to raid Stuttgart—which both Glyn Haggard and Hickman claim to know from before the war. The attack is successful but the plane is hit by flak. Both engines fail and the crew bails out over Holland. The planes continues and one engine restarts, and without crew, the plane flies on. All but Ashley meet up on the ground. While making plans to escape back to England, they are discovered by a group of children, who take them to a nearby farm. Proving their identity, they are taken in hand by the Dutch resistance. They progress from

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Illustrations 9
  • Acknowledgements 13
  • Introduction 15
  • I - Fictional Feature Films 37
  • 1: National Identity and Upper-Class Images the Films 39
  • 2: Leaders Leading the Films 75
  • 3: All in It Together the Films 128
  • 4: [Strange, Wonderful, Incalculable Creatures] the Films 182
  • 5: The Strange Case of the Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 213
  • II - Documentaries 233
  • 6: Documentary's Moment 235
  • 7: Off to a Flying False Start 253
  • 8: The Docudramas 264
  • 9: A Special Case 297
  • 10: The Myth of British Wartime Cinema 310
  • Notes 320
  • Select Bibliography 333
  • Filmography 345
  • Index 348
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